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1 Clinical Assessment LAUSD School Mental Health October 29, 2014 Presenter: Eugene Alper, LCSW

2 Assessment  A complete and thorough assessment:  Lays the foundation for an accurate diagnosis  Demonstrates medical necessity and the need for services.  Leads to appropriate selection of treatment plan objectives, services, and interventions  Is ongoing throughout the course of treatment  Must be completed within 30 days, but no later than the 2 nd claimed service

3 Important Assessment Components:  Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment Interview(s) in which information is obtained from the client and the client’s parent/guardian (for minor clients).  Outcome Measures  Mental Status  Substance Use Assessment  Other Relevant Documents or Sources*  * May require a signed release of information

4 Risk Factors

5 Other Relevant Documents or Sources  IEPs  Psych Reports  Previous or Current Service Providers  Teachers and Other School Staff  Family Members  DCFS Social Workers  Other

6 The Clinical Loop  The Clinical Loop:  Consists of the connection between the  Assessment  Symptoms and Functional Impairments  Diagnosis  Treatment Plan  Selected Interventions and Services  Progress Notes

7 Clinical Loop, Cont’d.  Includes the sequence of documentation that supports the demonstration of ongoing medical necessity  Includes the process of continual re- assessment and monitoring and documentation of progress

8 Clinical Loop, Cont’d. AssessmentDiagnosis Treatment Plan Service Delivery Progress Notes

9 Mental Status  The aim of the mental status examination (MSE) is to be an objective description, not interpretation, of the child’s appearance, symptoms, behavior and functioning as manifested at the time of the examination.  A well-written MSE enables another clinician or the same clinician weeks, months or years later to have a clear picture of the patient’s mental state at the time of assessment.

10 Mental Status  The MSE is purely descriptive, includes no judgment of whether the appearance and behavior is normal or abnormal, clinically significant or non-significant.  Although presented as a separate component that is distinct from the history-taking, in reality much of the MSE takes place implicitly as the clinician interacts and observes the child during the individual and family interviews.

11 Cultural considerations:  There are potential problems when the MSE is applied in a cross-cultural context, when the clinician and patient are from different cultural backgrounds.cross-cultural  Culturally normative spiritual and religious beliefs need to be distinguished from delusions and hallucinations - without understanding may seem similar though they have different roots.  Cognitive assessment must also take the patient's language and educational background into account. Clinician's racial bias is another potential confounder.

12 MSE with Children:  There are particular challenges in carrying out an MSE with young children and others with limited language such as people with intellectual impairment.intellectual impairment  In this group, utilize tools such as play materials  Puppets  Art Materials or Diagrams  with multiple choices of facial expressions depicting emotions  The child’s stage of development should also be considered.

13 Mental Status Components Component:Take Notice Of:May Be Used To Assess: Physical Appearance  Age (actual and apparent)  Age-appropriate clothes  Grooming and cleanliness  Differences in body structure, bruises, scars  Height & Weight  Physical features of alcohol or drug abuse  Odor  Quality of Self-care  Abuse or Neglect  Medical Concerns  Drug and Alcohol Use or Abuse  Mood (Depression, Mania)  Psychosis Psychomotor Behavior  Tics, mannerisms  Activity level  Arousal level  Coordination  Unusual Motor Patterns  Eye contact, quality, and movement  Gait  Repetitive purposeless movements  Neurological disorders Neurological  Side effects of medication  Tourette's syndrome Tourette's syndrome  Psychotic symptoms  Autism Autism  Mania Mania  Delirium. Delirium  Depression  Medical condition Speech and Language  Fluency  Volume  Rate  Rhythm  Articulation  Language skill  Stuttering  Mutism  Echolalia (repetition of another person’s words)  Palilalia (repetition of one’s own words)  Vocabulary  Medical conditions  Specific language disorders  Autism  Psychosis  Mania  Anxiety  Depression

14 Mental Status Components Component: Take Notice Of:May Be Used To Assess: Thought Content  Overvalued ideas (a false belief that is held with conviction)  Preoccupations  Delusions  Obsessions  Phobias  Psychosis  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder  Personality Disorders  Depression  Clinical risk  Anxiety Thought Process  Quantity (i.e. poverty of thought)  Tempo (i.e. flight of ideas)  Retarded or Inhibited thoughts  Coherency of thought  Perseverations  Organization of thought (i.e. thought blocking, fusion, loosening of associations, tangential thinking, derailment of thought, circumstantial)  Thought Disorders  Mania  Depression  Anxiety  Psychosis  Personality Disorders Overall cognitive functioning  Developmentally appropriate vocabulary  Fund of knowledge  Appropriate drawings  Alertness (awareness of & response to environment)  Orientation (to person, place, & time) Orientation  Attention & concentration Attention  Memory (short & long term) Memory  Abstraction (the ability to categorize)  Psychosis  Anxiety  Attention Deficit  Intoxication  Neuropsychological problems  Side effects of psychiatric medications  Chronic drug or alcohol use  Brain damage including tumors  Other brain disorders

15 Mental Status Components Component: Take Notice Of:May Be Used To Assess: Mood  Client's description of his/her mood  Clinician’s observation of client mood: neutral, euthymic (reasonably positive mood), dysphoric (unhappiness), euphoric (elated mood), angry, anxious or apathetic (indifference or suppression of emotion). euthymicdysphoriceuphoricangry anxiousapathetic  Anxiety  Depression  Mania  Ability to describe their mood state Affect  Emotion conveyed by the person's nonverbal behavior  Appropriateness, intensity, range, reactivity and mobility  Appropriateness to the current situation  Congruency with their thought content  Range and Reactivity of Affect  Depression  PTSD  Psychosis  Mania  Personality Disorder Examination of risk  Suicidal thoughts or behavior  Self-harming behavior  Thoughts or plans of harming others  Risk-taking behavior  Anxiety  Depression  Impulse control disorders  Personality disorders  Psychosis  Mania  Drug or alcohol abuse Attitude/Rapport  Eye contact  Ability to cooperate and engage with assessment  Behavior towards parents and siblings  Cooperation, guardedness, hostility The quality of information obtained during the assessment.

16 Mental Status Components Component: Take Notice Of:May Be Used To Assess: Judgment  Acknowledgement of problems  Capacity to judge hypothetical situations  Attitude towards receiving help  Compliance with treatment  Capacity to make sound, reasoned and responsible decisions  Impulsiveness  Planning ability  Impaired judgment is not specific to any diagnosis but may be a prominent feature of disorders affecting the frontal lobe of the brain. frontal lobe  If a person's judgment is impaired due to mental illness, there might be implications for the person's safety or the safety of others Insight  Recognition that one has a mental illness  Compliance with treatment  Ability to re-label unusual mental events (such as delusions and hallucinations) as pathological  Psychosis  Dementia Strengths  Adaptive capacity  Assets  Motivation for treatment  Client’s readiness for treatment  Strengths to build upon in treatment

17 Suggested Questions for the MSE with Children  What do you enjoy most?  Why?  What is your favorite movie/t.v. program?  Tell me about it.  What would you like for your birthday?  If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? Why?  What’s the nicest/worst thing that’s ever happened to you?  What would you like to be when you grow up?  Why do you think your mother/father/parents/grandma brought you to see me?

18 Suggested Questions for the MSE with Children  Do you have any friends?  Who is your best friend? His/her name?  What do you do together?  How long have you been friends?  Do you ever feel lonely?  When? What do you do?  What rules do you have in your house?  What happens when you break a rule?  Do you usually get blamed for things?  What are your brothers and sisters like? Do you get along with them?

19 Suggested Questions for the MSE with Children  What things do you like best about school?  What are the worst/hardest things?  Are you the smartest, dumbest in your class or somewhere in-between?  How do you get along with your teacher?  Do you get into fights at school? Often?  What makes you mad? What makes you sad?  How is your mood most of the time (Happy, Sad, Mad, Scared)?  Have you ever felt so bad you wished you could disappear? Die? Have you ever tried to hurt yourself?

20 Role Play the MSE  Get together with your elbow partner and take turns interviewing each other, and gathering information for the MSE, using the following “student” as the client.  You have 10 minutes to do this exercise. I’ll have you switch at the midpoint.  Have Fun!

21 Maggie’s Story  “True Story” from a LA County Agency  7 years old, female, African American  Presents with Depressive Sxs (irritability, daily crying outbursts, suicidal ideation, lack of interest in play), Anxiety Sxs (separation fears, cannot sleep alone, worries about family members and future), and Disruptive Behavior (“attitude”, non-compliance with adult commands, aggressive behavior towards sibs)  History of trauma and recent assault by male classmate who touched her in private parts

22 Children’s Global Assessment Scale












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